June 10-16: A Terrorist, A Fabulist, A Worrier And Lost Orphans

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Monkey Mind

A Memoir of Anxiety

by Daniel B. Smith

Paperback, 212 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Daniel B. Smith

Daniel Smith documents his experiences with a kind of anxiety that results in panic attacks, bouts of insomnia and thoughts of "existential ruin." He shares insights into anxiety in today's world, and stories of sufferers to illustrate anxiety's intellectual history and influence.

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Cubop City Blues

Cubop City Blues

by Pablo Medina

Hardcover, 260 pages, Grove Press, $25, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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  • Pablo Medina

A nearly blind and sheltered boy named "The Story Teller" must care for his aging Cuban-American parents when they are diagnosed with cancer. He does so by telling them elaborate stories of the fabled Cubop City.

The Finish

The Finish

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

by Mark Bowden

Paperback, 276 pages, Grove Press, $16, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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The Finish recounts the hunt for Osama bin Laden. It draws on primary sources to trace how key decisions were made leading up to his death, and reveals events from the perspectives of President Obama and an increasingly despondent bin Laden.

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The Orphanmaster

The Orphanmaster

by Jean Zimmerman

Paperback, 418 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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In 17th-century New Amsterdam, 22-year-old trader Blandine van Couvering and British spy Edward Drummond investigate the mysterious disappearance of orphan children. [Editor's note: OK, this actually came out in April, but we missed it then. Since critic Mary Sharratt gave it such a great review back in December, we thought it was worth a mention.]

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